Sunday, January 29, 2017

The Big Hand and the Little Hand

A mother had been teaching her son how to tell time. She saw him walk into the kitchen and called from the other room, “Johnny, do you see the clock in the kitchen?” “Yes, Mommy.”
“What is the big hand on?” 
The boy looked at the clock. “Eleven,” he yelled. 
“Good. Now, what’s the little hand on?” He answered, “A cookie.”

The little hands and the big hand are both involved in what happens on earth. The little hand is the human hand (our free will) and the big hand is God’s hand (God's sovereignty), which can overrule what the little hands do. When the Lowly little hands are doing their dirty work, it takes faith to see God's big hand being in charge. He has the Upper Hand.

When Joseph’s brothers betrayed him and sold him into slavery (little hands), God overruled their actions an exalted Joseph as a ruler in Egypt (big hand).
When Ezra traveled to Jerusalem, they arrived safely because “the hand of God (big hand) was over us, and He delivered us from the hand of the enemy (little hands)” (Ezra 8:31).
When the religious leaders of Israel crucified Jesus (little hands), Jesus paid for the sins of the world and God raised Him from the dead (big hand).  

That’s why the Scripture says, “Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God” (1 Peter 5:6). The hand of God works in agreement with the heart of God. God’s hand is His power and God’s heart is His love. When you can’t see His hand at work, trust His heart.

What have the dirty little hands done to you? Stop looking at the little hands and keep your eye on God's big hand. His Upper Hand will work all things together for good (Rom. 8:28).
For much more on the big hand and the little hand, read The Sure Cure for Worry.
NEW SERMON:  “The Good Samaritan(You know the story, but do you know all the details?)

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